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General explaination of standard model/particles in general?

  1. Jul 9, 2012 #1
    Sorry if this was posted in the wrong section. I'm only going to be a senior in high school and have never taken physics but I think I might want to study/major in it in college, obviously not for sure yet since it's still a long ways away. I've recently become interested in this stuff and have only skimmed the surface from looking at articles/videos online and I really want to go way more in depth since I am also pretty good at math.

    Anyways, can anyone explain to me what the standard model really is/says? And how particles work and interact with each other in general? For example, I've known that an atom is made of the proton neutron and electron and that they're made of smaller quarks and subatomic particles, but that some of those quarks and particles have a larger mass than the proton and neutron. How is that even possible? Correct me if I'm wrong on any of this, I'm surely no expert :)
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  3. Jul 9, 2012 #2


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    Start here:


    If you have any questions after that, fire away! Our "High Energy, Nuclear, & Particle Physics" forum would be the best place for that, BTW.
  4. Jul 9, 2012 #3
    Thanks, looks good. I'll try it out.
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